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Long Beach’s ‘Paris’ prom a welcome end to Sandy senior year

Students pose for photos after arriving at the

Students pose for photos after arriving at the Long Beach High School prom held at Chateau Briand Caterers in Carle Place. (June 20, 2013) Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

After a school year full of hardship from the devastation of superstorm Sandy, Long Beach High School students finally enjoyed a celebration — in the form of a prom that they once weren’t sure would even happen.

Students arrived at Chateau Briand in Carle Place Thursday evening for a prom that far exceeded their expectations. More than 300 prom-goers filled the outdoor cocktail hour decorated with hanging flower arrangements, where they sat in cabanas and had appetizers.

When senior Matthew Goldstein, 18, got to the prom Thursday, he was not sure what to expect, but the night was more than he could have asked for.

“This is my senior year and I would have been so upset if I didn’t get to be here,” he said at the beginning of the night. “Everything’s been awesome so far.”

At the start of the school year, the prom committee began working to create a memorable night. But planning was halted and cancellation loomed when the school discovered that many students couldn’t afford to attend the prom due to financial difficulties linked to Sandy. When prom adviser Adrienne Glassberg called Chateau Briand in Carle Place to cancel the prom, the catering hall offered to host the event free.

The overjoyed committee resumed planning to throw the senior class an unforgettable last celebration, choosing the theme, “A Night in Paris.”

“Someone suggested underwater, but we already have too much water in Long Beach,” said senior Lorena Garcia, a prom committee member.

Garcia, 18, and Elyse Stark, 17, who is also on the prom committee, could not believe the night they had been planning since September had finally arrived.

Said Stark, “I can’t wait to dance.”

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